NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 5: Actress Michelle Williams and actor Ryan Gosling attend Jane Rosenthal and Robert DeNiro Host Special Screening of 'Blue Valentine' at Tribeca Grill Loft on December 5, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Thos Robinson/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company )
LOVE, ACTUALLY: The few weeks post-yuletide froth always have us craving those small indie movies at the cineplex: Derek Cianfrance’s film Blue Valentine stars the always-riveting Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams as a couple whose nascent relationship we see in flashbacks intercut with a sobering, soul-crushing present that depicts love falling to pieces. It’s excruciatingly realistic at times, but truly unmissable. Find showtimes; watch the trailer.
RETURN: Infamously elusive ex-Fugee Ms. Lauryn Hill has played a few dates over the holiday season, alighting at Highline Ballroom, Music Hall of Williamsburg, Bowery Ballroom and tonight (most fascinatingly) she’s at the Blue Note – all part of what the world is (and we are) hoping is her much-awaited comeback. 8PM.
TWO TO: If you’re curious about tango but the hefty dance class price tags around town have you settling for watching it on Dancing With the Stars instead, know that Chelsea Studios offers a monthly Introduction to Tango class for a paltry $5. No partner required; just bring comfortable shoes. 7PM at 151 W 26th, register at firstname.lastname@example.org.